New ice skating rink now open at Esplanade Mall

The Esplanade. (Source: FOX 8 photo)
The Esplanade. (Source: FOX 8 photo)
Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 5:13 PM CDT
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The operators of an ice skating rink hope to bring more families together and more business to the Esplanade Mall.

It's been awhile since New Orleans has seen a permanent ice rink, but thanks to Penguin Ice Skating, that comes to an end. 

"Our surface is synthetic ice, so it's not real ice. It's not frozen, but it's a plastic substance like a plastic cutting board that we spray down with solution," said Skating Director Sarah Zanolli. 

The owners hope to open a real full-time rink in the future, but for now they believe the synthetic ice rink is just what the New Orleans area needs. 

The rink is recommended for skaters ages 4 and older. Tickets are $15 a person for skates, helmet and pads. Private and group lessons are also available. 

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